Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tennessee has invited local Muslims to share its building.
One of the most troubling components in the current dialogue about relationships between Jesus followers and Muslims is the charge that Muslims do not worship the one true God, indeed that they are idolaters. I wonder if people who say that would make the same charge against Jews who also do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. The Muslims with whom I share relationships of love and trust tell me they worship the same God I do and the Jews do. According to my faith, they cannot do it to the fullest because Jesus is the full revelation of God—God in flesh and blood. But who am I to say that they do not worship the one true God according to their understanding? Jesus reserved his sternest warnings for those who would dare take the place of God and pass judgment on the heart of another. Heartsong and I do not dare do this. Be careful, sisters and brothers, that you also do not.
The problem with arguing that Muslims worship the same God as Christians simply because they say they do, is that it can be said by anyone who worships anything that falls roughly into the category of “a god” – Gaia, Anuflac and Gorgastriaum included.
As the author of the above article acknowledges, if Christians are right, Jesus is the highest revelation of God to humanity and insofar as a religion doesn’t acknowledge that, it has things wrong and is worshipping, at best, something less than God, and, at worst, something opposed to God.
So should a church share its building with Muslms? Only if it’s to encourage them to convert to Christianity.